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Do I qualify for specialized driving privileges?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Specialized Driving Privileges

License suspension due to a drunk driving offense can be detrimental in many ways. However, it would help if you didn’t have to suffer additional consequences, like job loss or decreased time with your children, because of a mistake.

Indiana residents convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) can seek permission to get back behind the wheel. However, there are exceptions to the rules.

Five questions to ask yourself after losing your license

Depending on the situation surrounding your conviction, a court may allow you to receive specialized driving privileges. Perhaps you’ll obtain permission to commute to work, or maybe you could drive to medical appointments. But are you eligible?

Consider the case you’d present to the court. Then ask yourself some questions about your OWI (also commonly referred to as a DWI or DUI). Did you:

  • Refuse to submit a chemical test?
  • Have a commercial license?
  • Violate previous specialized driving privileges?
  • Pass a school bus with an extended stop arm?
  • Take the life of another motorist?

Answering “yes” to these questions may prevent you from getting a court’s approval to get back on the road. However, you have the right to present your case for consideration.

Driving toward future freedom

You might want to limit public access to your criminal record since a conviction can hold various implications for day-to-day activities.

With the proper guidance, you may convince a court to seal your record. Expungement may also become possible after a matter of time.